Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wedding Brisket

We had an amazing wedding near my folks' house in South Texas. The ceremony and reception took place in a citrus grove on property owned by family friends who grow oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, limes, avocados, mangoes, and papayas. All of which were served to our guests.

In order to highlight the local cuisine (and our favorite food), we had a delicious barbeque buffet with smoked brisket and chicken from the charming Mr. Galvan. This was served with tortillas, grilled vegetables, charro beans. My mom baked six varieties of cakes from scratch that everyone enjoyed after BBQ. Everything was just perfect.

Instead of cutting and sharing a wedding cake, the hubby and I decided to ceremoniously cut the brisket and kick-off the buffet line. The even hooked up the electric carving knife for us!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and several friends testified to eating themselves sick. We are grateful to everyone who made the trip to Texas and joined the celebration. We count ourselves very lucky to have people to share this wonderful memory with us.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Watermelon Agua Fresca

This is one of my favorite summer refreshing.

Process about 4 cups of cubed watermelon with about 1/4 cup of sugar in a blender. Seedless is best, but you will strain it later, so don't worry if you can't find a seedless melon. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture

through a fine mesh strainer, discarding solids. Stir in 2 cups of water.

Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice. I also like to add clear rum and lime slices. It makes about 5 cups.

We enjoyed drinking this several times over the summer while sitting on our porch and watching our crazy neighbors.